Bell Helicopter, June 10, 2016 - Being a fleet of guardians is certainly a role that comes with a hefty amount of responsibility, effort and care.
This has been King County Sherriff’s Air Support Unit (ASU) focus for the last 25 years originally with its Bell 206L-3 and now with its Bell 206B and Bell 407 known as Guardian 1 and its hoist equipped Bell UH-1H known as Guardian 2.
This team of guardians operates over King County’s vast and challenging areas including active volcano Mount Rainer, the Cascade mountain range, the Puget Sound and thick surrounding forests.
Missions can range from law enforcement, search and rescue, SWAT insertion to homeland security among many others.
This month, ASU celebrated 25 years of service by hosting an open house at Renton Municipal Airport with guest speakers Sherriff John Urquhart and local dignitaries. Attendees enjoyed static aircraft displays and demonstrations.
“It was heartwarming to see everyone come out to celebrate this 25 year milestone,” said Sgt. Reid Johnson of the King County Sherriff’s Office Air Support/Search and Rescue. “These 25 years have seen an evolution in terms of capabilities as we continue to expand our missions and our evolution wouldn’t have been possible without our dependable Bell fleet."